World of Warcraft: Peanut Pork Chops!

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Need to impress your foodie friends?  Feel like some Thai tonight?  Our panda friends over on the Timeless Isle have you covered!  From World of Warcraft: Peanut Pork Chops!


World of Warcraft is an addiction.  It’s fun, and engaging, and an addiction.  Warcraft is one of those games that, no matter how many times I quit, I always pick back up.  I’m starting to get really excited for the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which means there will probably be an influx of Warcraft-related recipes.  What can I say?  The inhabitants of Azeroth know their food.  You can click here to check out some of the other WoW recipes I’ve recreated!
I’m a big fan of Asian cuisine.  Thai cuisine is an interesting mix of spicy and sweet flavours.  They experiment with ingredients many of my North American comrades have never tried or seen in person.  Coconut milk, for instance.  When it comes to these pork chops, if you like peanut butter then you’ll like these pork chops.  Lane opted to eat them without the peanut sauce because he thought it was “too peanut-ey”, but the sauce brings a great moistness and sweetness to the dish that I loved.  If you’re feeling apprehensive on the peanut sauce, I suggest pouring some in a small cup or shot glass to add to your food as desired!

Pork_chop_ingredientsGinger scares me a bit; it’s really strong and easy to over-do

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Peanut Pork Chops:

  • 4 Pork Chops
  • 0.75 cups peanuts (or 1/2 cup ground peanut)
  • 0.75 cups panko bread crumbs (regular bread crumbs also work!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Peanut Sauce:

  • 0.33 cups chicken broth
  • 0.5 cups coconut milk (thoroughly mixed)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 0.25 teaspoons salt

Pork_chop_breadedPork chops post-breading, ready for the pan!

ROTATION:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375* F
  2. Trim the fat from your pork chops
  3. If your peanuts are not ground, throw them in a blender or food processor until they’re in chunks roughly the size of your bread crumbs
  4. Mix your bread crumbs and peanuts in one bowl, and your egg and milk in another
  5. Dip your pork chops in the egg mixture, then in the crumb mixture.  Coat them thoroughly with the egg mix or the crumbs won’t stick!
  6. In an oiled pan, sear both sides of your pork chops until golden-brown and crispy.
  7. Arrange your pork chops on a baking sheet and cover with tin foil
  8. Bake for 10 minutes

Pork_chop_sauceThe sauce starts light, but as the peanut butter melts darkens quite a bit.

  1. Mix all of your sauce ingredients together in a sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thick, whisking frequently
  3. Once thickened (3-5 minutes), turn off heat and let cool
  4. Pour over pork chops and eat!

Pork_chop_pre_bakePork chops post-sear, ready for the oven!

Pork_chop_final_2Served with rice and smothered in yummy peanut sauce!

Pork_chop_final_1Be aware: meat close to the bone may be pink or red, but still cooked

 

A taste of Thailand here at home!  If you’d like the grill marks on your pork chops (as seen in the WoW icon), take out of the oven a few minutes earlier and throw them on the grill until lines are present.  The breading needs to be seared and baked to ensure that it doesn’t fall off.  If you were to throw them on the grill immediately, you would likely be left with a half-breaded pork chop and a messy grill.

If you want your sauce to be extra thick, decrease the amount of coconut milk used to 0.33 cups, and omit the salt.

 

Bon apetite and enjoy your authentic Asian fare!

 

BONUS: /u/Pozzik over on reddit made this himself and took pictures!

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